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Werewolves prove punk does have a place in 2021 with their frenetically fierce debut album, ‘Enjoy Your Fat Self’.

‘Enjoy Your Fat Self’ is the iniquitously confrontational debut album from Flint-based alt-rock outfit Werewolves that shakes the mindlessness out of consumerism and compliance.

The title track is a frenetic feat of high-octane sleaze rock that will be a hit with fans of the Cramps and Motley Crüe alike. With rock rhythms distorted into tumultuous discord under the whiskey-soaked brash vocals, it is adrenalizing from the intro. The release proves just how far Werewolves have taken their sound since establishing their line-up in 2017. In their current formation, Werewolves is Bruce Horn (guitar & lead vocals), Paul Owsinski (guitar & backing vocals), Aaron Reinhard (drums & backing vocals), Doug Wilson (bass & backing vocals (on album)) and Nick Baker (bass & backing vocals (current & live)).

Through the rest of the album, you’ll find plenty of exhibitions of Werewolves’ versatility. With some tracks oozing the stylish despondence of Dinosaur Jr. and others being experimental with psych-laden prog structures; there isn’t a skippable track.

The debut release shatters Danzig’s claim that ‘punk can’t happen in our woke generation’, punk tears through this release with sharper teeth than ever, and discernibly, far better musicianship.

With their next LP already in the works and their motivation to release a constant stream of high energy, angsty life-affirming tracks, Werewolves are worth getting acquainted with as they take the scene by storm in 2021 and beyond.

Enjoy Your Fat Self is now available to stream via Spotify & Bandcamp.

Connect with Werewolves via Facebook & Instagram.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

The Lost Dolls revives the radio star with their 70s punk track, ‘RadioGirl’.

Video may have killed the radio star, but she’s been revived in feminine form in the latest single, ‘RadioGirl’, from the Denver, Colorado-based alt-rock artist, The Lost Dolls. The smitten feat of sugar-coated sleaze is made infinitely sweeter with the virtuosic guitars that will win over even the most hard-to-please fans of ‘70s punk rock.

The modernity in the track comes via the nuanced 90s grunge infusion and the pop-punk edge that brings RadioGirl right into the 21st-century while evoking a fair amount of nostalgia with vintage melodies that are just as infectiously catchy as Video Called the Radio Star.

It comes as no surprise that the Lost Dolls are racking up the streams and taking America by storm with their affectionately raunchy sound since making their debut in 2020. They’re definitely ones to watch.

You can check out RadioGirl for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

All About The Paper: Excellent East London emcee LetKoJoFly cuts the ‘Cheque Freestyle’

With a smokey street energy spark that flows through like that foggy midst in the harrowing jungle as he returns from it unscathed, LetKoJoFly slices us the superb ‘Cheque Freestyle‘ into our minds with brooding appeal.

LetKoJoFly is a thriving East London, UK-based alt hip-hop artist, who fuses his own brand of music that intertwines his deep-rooted love of upping the standard, to making music that has your whole body bouncing to in a state of adulation.

This is the story of not worrying about anything as he feels invincible right now, he slips quietly through the door without a noise of any unnecessary flash and dash, which can get you into trouble if you push your luck.

You feel his quality flow light up brightly and pull through so nicely, each lyric is performed with optimal meaning like he knows exactly the direction he is going in like an Olympic gold medalist. This is that rare underground sound that many people try and copy but fail to master — as they have only watched some movies on the telly — without actually starring in them as they are stuck to the couch.

Cheque Freestyle‘ from East London rapper LetKoJoFly, leads us into a world of mystique, as he drops those gangsta bars that lets you know that he is for real. With an ominous tone, you know that he is an artist who doesn’t mess around with his art-form, as he is head for the heights of the top only.

He knows his true value and is only doing things that provides that financial stimulus, so he can make those moves which are entrenched inside his mind forever.

Stream this top notch new single on Spotify and see more on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Be Honest: New Jersey’s Last Minet just wants to know what’s going on deep inside with ‘Don’t Hold Back’

After taking some time off to reinvent themselves after a near-death experience, Last Minet are in the right mindset of really going for it at 100% and rock in with their latest quality effort called ‘Don’t Hold Back‘.

Last Minet is a passionate two-piece indie pop/punk/rock act from New Jersey in the USA, featuring two passionate women who make that powerful music from the soul, that speaks on real issues and feelings that needs to be spoken about.

”After a life threatening car accident in June 2017, the band took a hiatus to focus on the recovery and well being of drummer, Jovanna, who sustained a Traumatic Brain Injury.” – Last Minet 

This is the story about wondering what is really happening behind the curtains, as you wish that they would just tell you but you are sticking around to really work out this mystery. With spectacular vocals and tremendous drums that lift the ceiling off the house, you feel energized with this marvelous single.

Don’t Hold Back‘ from New Jersey pop/punk/rock duo Last Minet, is a top quality track that has you thinking about those moments when you should of spoken up, to make sure that you make yourself clear to avoid any grey areas and doubts. At the end of the day, communicating with those that we love is so vitally important, so that they can help out when times are tough.

Stream this new single on Soundcloud and check out the IG for more release news.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Trash n Privilege brought 80s hardcore punk back to the airwaves with The Pain I Like the Most.

Trash n Privilege reintroduced hardcore punk to the airwaves with their anthemically-charged EP, One More Round, featuring the standout stormer, ‘The Pain I Like the Most’. The intensity of the instrumental aggression is enough to give Melvins a run for their money.

The American punk outfit fronted by Steve Shepard takes plenty of influence from the Californian and DC hardcore scenes in the 80s. Lyrically, they’re even more of a visceral force to be reckoned with. The Pain I Like the Most is packed with the abrasive emotions that usually come with negative connotations, but Trash n Privilege proved how necessary they are for endurance.

With their curveball melodic breakdown that leads to a wall of punk discord before the outro in their nuanced track, Trash n Privilege succeeded in affirming that they’re one to watch. Anyone who likes to vent through music that doesn’t buy into the ironically toxic woke culture which manifests on Twitter through very different kinds of breakdowns will want them on their radar.

The Pain I Like the Most is available to stream via SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Not Like Before: Indiana’s underground Ska legends Coolidge are back with exciting new single about changing on ‘We’re Alright’

Taken off their vibrantly creative new album ‘Condition Transmission‘, Coolidge smash the door open on their latest single about changing perspective in life called ‘We’re Alright‘.

Coolidge is an experienced five-piece Ska-punk/rock band from Indianapolis in Indiana, USA. They play their hearts out on each note, their minds are connected in such a way that they know what each other is doing and they bring the classic old school mentality with them.

This is the story of being shy before, but as you have gotten older you have opened up your voice to speak from the mind and to never let anyone else put words in your mouth. Times have changed from the past when small minded folks thought they knew you and you feel like this is the best way to live, rather than being quiet as a mouse and getting stepped on when you are just minding your business.

They perform with an exuberance that is abundantly entertaining and you turn them up some more to fully hear their quality rise to the top of the speaker. This is a band that have put thousands of hours into their sound, as they clearly enjoy playing together too.

We’re Alright‘ from the lovable veteran Indiana Ska act Coolidge, is a true story about how sticking up for yourself really matters in life. You have evolved for the best and if others can’t see that, its their loss after all.

Hear this rocking new single on Soundcloud and see more on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Bag Ratty Bro share their automated aspirations with their pop-punk single, ‘ROBOT HOOVER’

Bag Ratty Bro

While I never thought I would hear a punk track with lyrics that aspire towards acquiring a Roomba, I’m ridiculously glad that I did. Bang Ratty Bro’s debut single ‘ROBOT HOOVER’  may not be the 70s anti-capitalist punk we came to love and build our morality around, but it’s a punk playlist staple all the same. This mostly comes as a courtesy of the guitarist exhibiting some serious prowess outside of the usual ‘you know 3 chords you can start a band’ punk form.

Bag Ratty Bro’s ROBOT HOOVER is easily up there with Candyskins’ release Mrs Hoover as an anthemically-charged hoover-inspired feat of dopamine-boosting indie punk.

You can hear Bag Ratty Bro via SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Das Ghoul bring a flash of spectacular pomp and ceremony to horror punk with ‘Twisted’

Trip the Light Phantasmic by das Ghoul

Take a healthy dose of old-school ‘Damned’-style gothic punk, a large helping of horror-tinged shock-rock, add a spattering of ‘Phantom of the Opera’ eerie piano, a decent dash of proper punk-edged rock n’ roll, and some sprinklings of ghostly psychedelia, and you’ve got a pretty good recipe for something special. That’s firmly where Oxford-based Das Ghoul sit; there’s touches of the aforementioned Damned, bits of Nick Marsh guitar and Flesh For Lulu atmosphere, even little mixes of opera, ska, and moody Interpol-style alt-rock at times in between the more obvious rushing punk guitar and shock-rock lyrics.

Das Ghoul bring a flash of spectacular pomp and ceremony to goth-horror-punk (is that a thing? It’s a thing), the evil looking masks and pseudonyms adding to a solid musical background. ‘Twisted’ is taken from their new, six-track EP ‘Trip The Light Phantasmic’, the addition of keyboard-player Octavia Von Wakeman filling a coffin-shaped hole and adding the ghastly final piece to the already impressive (presumably red-velvet) backdrop of previous album ‘Noise Das Noire’ and their debut ‘Video Nasty’ EP.

‘Trip The Light Phantasmic’ is … well, fantastic; sinister, punky, and filled with edgy, Edgar Allen Poe-esque gothic horror references and dark, tongue-in-cheek humour. ‘Twisted’ is a perfect introduction to the ghost train.

Check out ‘Twisted’, and the rest of ‘Trip The Light Phantasmic, on BandCamp; Follow Das Ghoul on Facebook.

Review by Alex Holmes

Owl Rose have unleashed their frenetically cathartic post-hardcore EP ‘PTERODACTYLS’

OWL ROSE

If any up and coming alt-rock act is going to make hardcore fans miss sticky floors and colliding with sweat-soaked strangers, it’s Owl Rose. The Norfolk, UK-based alt-rock powerhouse’s EP, ‘PTERODACTYLS’, shares the same genre-blending propensities as Enter Shikari, Bring Me the Horizon and Architects, but this frenetic 6-track release is anything but assimilative.

In the standout single, Sigourney, along with the aggression you’d expect to find in any thrashy post-hardcore release, you’ll also be confronted by abrasive punk attitude. But when the chorus hits, the soaring vocals hook you even deeper into the sonic catharsis offered by Owl Rose’s mindful approach to metal.

Short of sticking a fork in a plug socket, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a more electrifying experience than hitting play on Sigourney.

The PTERODACTYLS EP was officially released on February 25th. You’ll be able to check it out via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Unleash the misery with Five Hundred Bucks’ frenetic feat of Punk Rock ‘Spinal’

This Welcome Mat is a Landmine EP by Five Hundred Bucks

Any fans of Social Distortion will want to turn their attention to the frenetic feat of Punk Rock ‘Spinal’ from Five Hundred Bucks’ aptly explosively titled latest release ‘This Welcome Mat is a Landmine EP’.

The turbulently high-octane hit delivers a relatable sense of indignation both lyrically and vocally, affirming with the listener that yes, it is okay for the fuzzy feels to be flowing when the massive chorus hits; it is possible to feel some semblance of euphoria while the world falls apart around us.

Philadelphia’s tenacious sons and their realism-soaked punky pop rock earworms are exactly what the airwaves in 2021. As they have plenty in the pipeline, you’ll want them on your radar, sooner rather than later.

You can check out Spinal for yourselves by heading over to Bandcamp.

Review by Amelia Vandergast